We welcome back as guest blogger Warren Frelund, who serves on the Lifelong Formation Advisory Council and has served as a deacon in The Episcopal Church for 20 years.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Yesterday I celebrated Easter for the 70th time. I do not remember the first few but I believe they were as wonderful as yesterday.
I recall an earlier Easter Sunday as a young child in the Lutheran Church. Our church had been destroyed by fire and we were meeting as a congregation in a movie theater. This continued as our new place of worship while our new church was being built. It seemed strange to be in church in the same place I had watched the great westerns movies with Gene Autry, Tom Mix, The Lone Ranger, and other great cowboys. But there we were worshiping God.
As I remember, it wasn’t too long and we moved into our new church. It was large and wonderfully bright and open. Surely this must be one of the great cathedrals of the Christians world! I attended many Easter services in this new church as a young boy and as a husband and father with my family.
We joined the Episcopal Church as a family when our oldest daughter was a senior in high school. Now we would experience Easter in a new surrounding. The liturgy, music, and a smaller congregation became a very important part of our lives. My Easter worship has had many experiences with time spent in Wyoming and now working with a small congregation in Iowa.
I guess my point is that no matter where I have worshiped, the Easter message has not changed. Even after 70 years of hearing the accounts of the resurrection I am still moved by God’s love for His people.
As I continue my life journey as an older adult the message is wonderful and very comforting. I also know that this is the message I need to share with others.
I would be interested in hearing your Easter story as you have begun your journey into the world of older adults.
In a culture that is moving away from the Easter story, how can we still proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ?